Tribal Self-Governance Program; Planning Cooperative Agreement; Extension of Deadline for New Funding Cycle for Fiscal Year 2006, 17111-17115 [06-3254]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices 3. Reporting 3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Earliest anticipated award date is September 1, 2006. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices Notification: August 1, 2006. The program officer will notify the contact person identified on each proposal of the results in writing via postal mail. Applicants whose applications are declared ineligible will receive written notification of the ineligibility determination and their original grant application via postal mail. The ineligible notification will include information regarding the rationale for the ineligible decision citing specific information from the original grant application. Applicants who are approved but unfunded and disapproved will receive a copy of the Executive Summary which identifies the weaknesses and strengths of the application submitted. Applicants which are approved and funded will be notified through the Financial Assistant Award (FAA) document. The FAA will serve as the official notification of a grant award and will state the amount of Federal funds awarded, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of the grant award, the effective date of the award, the project period, and the budget period. The FAA will be signed by the Grants Management Officer and serves as the authorizing document. Any other correspondence announcing to the Applicant’s Project Director that an application was recommended for approval is not an authorization to begin performance. Pre-award costs are not allowable charges under this program grant. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements A. 45 CFR Part 92, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local, and Tribal Governments’’, or 45 CFR Part 74, ‘‘Uniform Administration Requirements for Awards and Subawards to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Non-Profit Organizations, and Commercial Organizations’’. B. Appropriate Cost Principles: OMB Circular A–87, ‘‘State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments,’’ or OMB Circular A–122, ‘‘Non-Profit Organizations’’. C. OMB Circular A–133, ‘‘Audits of States, Local Governments, and NonProfit Organizations’’. D. PHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised April 1994 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:34 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 A. Progress Report—Program progress reports are required semi-annually. These reports will include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, reasons for slippage (if applicable), and other pertinent information as required. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the budget/ project period. B. Financial Status Report—Semiannual financial status reports (FSR) must be submitted within 30 days of the semi-annual report. Final FSR are due within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period. Standard Form 269 (long form) can be download from http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ sf269.pdf for financial reporting. Failure to submit required reports may result in one or both of the following: A. The imposition of special award provisions; and B. The withholding of support of other eligible projects or activities. This applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of the reports. VII. Agency Contact(s) 1. Questions on the programmatic and technical issues may be directed to: Alberta Becenti, Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention Consultant. Phone: (301) 443–4305, Fax: (301) 594–6213. abecenti@hqe.ihs.gov. 2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to: Denise Clark, Grants Management Specialist. Phone: (301) 443–5204, Fax: (301) 443–9602. dclark@hqe.ihs.gov. The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103–227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of the facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the Public Health Service mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people. VIII. Other Information Applicants are encouraged to bring draft narratives of their anticipated grant application. Participation is limited to two personnel from each Tribal or Urban Indian organization. All sessions PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17111 are on a first come—first serve bases. Interested parties should register with the HP/DP program prior to making travel arrangements to ensure space availability. All participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements. Dated: March 29, 2006. Robert G. McSwain, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 06–3257 Filed 4–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Tribal Self-Governance Program; Planning Cooperative Agreement; Extension of Deadline for New Funding Cycle for Fiscal Year 2006 Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2006–IHS–TSGP–0001. CFDA Number: 93.210. Note: The purpose of this second announcement is to provide another opportunity for all eligible applicants to apply for FY 2006 funding under the SelfGovernance Planning Cooperative Agreement. The previous Federal Register notice published on December 14, 2005, FR Doc. E5–7280, provided an initial deadline of January 20, 2006. The application deadline for this announcement is May 19, 2006. Key Dates: Applications Due—May 19, 2006; Objective Review Committee to Evaluate Applications—June 21–22, 2006; Anticipated Project Start Date— August 7, 2006. I. Funding Opportunity Description The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal SelfGovernance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93–638, as amended. This grant is authorized under the authority of Section 503(e) of the Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act , 25 U.S.C. 458aaa–2(e). The TSGP is designed to promote selfdetermination by allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IHS. The Planning Cooperative Agreement allows a Tribe to gather information to determine the current types and amounts of Programs, Services, Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), and funding available at the E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 17112 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices eligible (Pub. L. 106–260, Title V, Section 12(a)(2)). Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels and identify programmatic alternatives that will better meet the needs of Tribal members. II. Award Information Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement. Estimated Funds Available: The total amount identified for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 is $600,000 for approximately twelve (12) Tribes to enter the TSGP planning process for compacts beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 or Calendar Year (CY) 2007. Awards under this announcement are subject to the availability of funds. Anticipated Number of Awards: The estimated number of awards to be funded is approximately 12. Project Period: 12 months. Award Amount: $50,000 per year. Programmatic Involvement: IHS TSGP funds will be awarded as cooperative agreements and will have substantial programmatic involvement to establish a basic understanding of IHS Programs, Services, Functions and Activities (PSFAs) as operations at the Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels. The IHS Roles and Responsibilities Will Include: • Identification of IHS staff that will consult with applicants on methods used by the IHS to manage and deliver health care. • Provide applicants with a list of laws and regulations that provide authority for the various IHS programs. The Grantee Roles and Responsibilities Will Include: • Research and analysis of the complex IHS budget, at the Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels. • Establishment of a process through which Tribes can effectively approach the IHS to identify programs and associated funding which could be incorporated into programs. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants To be eligible for a Planning Cooperative Agreement under this announcement, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria: A. Be a Federally-recognized Tribe as defined in Title V, Pub. L. 106–260, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000, of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (the Act), Pub. L. 93–638, as amended. However, Alaska Native Villages or Alaska Native Village Corporations, who are located within the area served by an Alaska Native regional health entity already participating in compact status, are not VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Funds The Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement Announcement does not require matching funds or cost sharing to participate in the competitive grant process. 3. Other Requirements The following documentation is required (if applicable): A. This program is described at 93.210 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. There is limited competition under this announcement because the authorizing legislation restricts eligibility to Tribes that meet specific criteria. (Refer to Section III, ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS in this announcement.) B. Request participation in selfgovernance by resolution by the governing body of the Indian Tribe. An Indian Tribe that is proposing a cooperative agreement affecting another Indian Tribe must include resolutions from all affected Tribes to be served. C. Demonstrate, for three fiscal years, financial stability and financial management capability, which is defined as no uncorrected significant and material audit exceptions in the required annual audit of the Indian Tribe’s self-determination contracts or self-governance funding agreements with any Federal agency. D. Grantees are required to submit a current version of the organization’s audit report. Audit reports can be lengthy, therefore, the applicants may submit them separately via regular mail by the due date (May 19, 2006). If the grantee determines that audit reports are not lengthy, the applicants may scan the documents and attach them to the electronic application. Applicants must submit two copies of the audits that reflect three previous fiscal years under separate cover directly to the Division of Grants Operations, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 360, Rockville, MD 20852, referencing the Funding Opportunity Number, HHS–2006–IHS– TSGP–0001, as prescribed by Pub. L. 98–502, the Single Audit Act, as amended (see OMB Circular A–133, revised June 24, 1997, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations), for the three previous fiscal years. If this documentation is not submitted by the due date, the application will be considered as unresponsive and will not be considered. Applicants must include the grant tracking number assigned to their electronic submission by Grants.gov and the date submitted via PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Grants.gov in their cover letter transmitting the required audits for the previous three fiscal years. E. Tribal Resolution—A resolution of the Indian Tribe served by the project should accompany the application submission. An Indian Tribe that is proposing a project affecting another Indian Tribe must include resolutions from all affected Tribes to be served. Tribal Consortia applying for a Planning Cooperative Agreement, a minimum of two individual Tribal Council Resolutions must be submitted. Draft resolutions are acceptable in lieu of an official resolution. However, an official signed Tribal resolution must be received by the Division of Grants Operations (DGO) by the end of the Objective Review (June 22, 2006). If an official signed resolution is not submitted by June 22, 2006, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered. *It is highly recommended that the Tribal resolution be sent by Federal Express for proof of receipt. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Application Package May be Found on Grants.gov Information regarding the electronic application process may be obtained from either of the following persons: Ms. Mary E. Trujillo, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 240, Rockville, Maryland 20852. (301) 443– 7821. Ms. Patricia Spotted Horse, Division of Grants Operations, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 360, Rockville, Maryland 20852. (301) 443–5204. • Web address to obtain application kit: http://www.ihs.gov/ NonMedicalPrograms/gogp/ gogp_submission.asp 2. Content and Form of Application Submission A. All applications should: • Be single spaced. • Be typewritten. • Have consecutively numbered pages. • Use black type not smaller than 12 characters per one inch. • Be printed on one side only of standard size 8-1⁄2″ × 11″ paper. • Contain a narrative that does not exceed 7 typed pages that includes the sections listed below. (The 7 page narrative does not include the work plan, standard forms, Tribal resolution(s), table of contents, budget, budget justifications, narratives, and/or other appendix items.) E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices Public Policy Requirements: All Federal-wide public policies apply to HHS grants with exception of Lobbying and Discrimination. 3. Submission Dates and Times Applications must be submitted online by May 19, 2006. Late applications not accepted for processing will be returned to the applicant and will not be accepted. When submitting a paper application, a signed original and one copy must be postmarked no later than May 19, 2006. Incomplete, unsigned copies of the paper application will be returned and will not be accepted. (See page 10, ‘‘Please note the following:’’) 1. Intergovernmental Review This funding opportunity is not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ State approval is not required. 5. Funding Restrictions A. Only one planning cooperative agreement will be awarded per applicant. B. Each planning cooperative agreement shall not exceed $50,000. The available funds are inclusive of direct and indirect costs. C. Planning awards shall not exceed a maximum period of one year. D. Pre-award costs are not allowable. 6. Other Submission Requirements wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES The application must comply with the following: A. Abstract (one page)—Summarizes the project. B. Application for Federal Assistance (SF–424, Rev. 09/03) C. Narrative (no more than 7 pages) with time frame chart (one page); pages numbered consecutively, including appendices, and Table of Contents, and should include the following: (1) Background information on the Tribe. (2) Objectives and activities that provide a description of what will be accomplished. (3) A line-item budget and narrative justification. (4) Appendix to include: a. Resumes or position descriptions of key staff. b. Contractors/Consultants resumes or qualifications. c. Proposed Scope of Work. Electronic Transmission The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic submission through Grants.gov. However, should any technical problems arise regarding the submission, please contact our VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Grants Policy Staff at (301) 443–6528 at least ten days prior to the application deadline. To submit an application electronically, please use the http:// www.Grants.gov apply site. Download a copy of the application package on the Grants.gov Web site, complete it offline and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. Please note the following: • Under the new IHS requirements, paper applications are not the preferred method. However, if you have technical problems submitting your application on-line, and you have contacted the Grants Policy Staff and advised them of the difficulties you are having in submitting your application on-line, and if it is determined by the Grants Policy Staff that the technical difficulties cannot be resolved, you may submit a paper application after you have downloaded the application package from Grants.gov. The paper application may be sent directly to the Division of Grants Operations, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 360, Rockville, MD 20852 by the due date, May 19, 2006. • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. • To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You should allow a minimum of 10–15 days to complete CCR registration. See below on how to apply. • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information typically included on the SF–424 and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Your application must comply with any page limitation requirements described in the program announcement. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The Indian Health Service will retrieve your application from Grants.gov. • You may access the electronic application for this program on http:// www.Grants.gov. • You must search for the downloadable application package by CFDA number. • To receive an application package, the applicant must provide the Funding PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17113 Opportunity Number: HHS–2006–IHS– TSGP–0001. E-mail applications will not be accepted under this announcement. DUNS Number Beginning October 1, 2003, applicants were required to have a Dun and Brandstreet (DUNS) Number. The DUNS number is a nine-digit identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, access http://www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1–866–705–5711. Interested parties may wish to obtain their DUNS number by phone to expedite the process. Applications submitted electronically must also be registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). A DUNS number is required before CCR registration can be completed. Many organizations may already have a DUNS number. Please use the number listed above to investigate whether or not your organization has a DUNS number. Registration with the CCR is free of charge. Applicants may register by calling 1– 888–227–2423. Please review and complete the CCR ‘‘Registration Worksheet’’ located in the appendix of the TSGP Planning Cooperative Agreement application kit or on http:// www.Grants.gov/CCRRegister. More detailed information regarding these registration processes can be found at http://www.Grants.gov. V. Application Review Information The instructions for preparing the application narrative also constitute the evaluation criteria for reviewing and scoring the application. Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. 1. Criteria Goals and Objectives of the Project (30 points) Are the goals and objectives measurable; are they consistent with the purpose of the program and terms of this announcement; and, are they achievable as demonstrated by an implementation schedule? Organizational Capabilities and Qualifications (25 points) Describe the organizational structure of the Tribe/Tribal organization and the ability of the organization to manage the proposed project. Include resumes or position descriptions of key staff showing requisite experience and expertise and, where applicable, include resumes of consultants that demonstrate E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 17114 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices experience and expertise relevant to the project. Methodology (20 points) Describe fully and clearly the methodology used to reflect the needs of Tribal members and if the project can be accomplished with expected available resources. Budget Justification (15 points) Submit a line-item budget with a brief narrative justification for all expenditures. Are costs identified reasonable and allowable in accordance with OMB Circulars A–87, ‘‘Cost Principles for State and Local Governments’’ and A–122, ‘‘Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations?’’ Management of Health Program(S) (10 points) Does the applicant propose an improved approach to managing the health program(s) and state/demonstrate how the delivery of quality health services will be maintained under selfgovernance? Appendix Items • Work plan for proposed objectives. • Position descriptions for key staff. • Resumes of key staff that reflect current duties. • Consultant proposed scope of work (if applicable). • Indirect Cost Agreement. • Organizational chart (optional). wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 2. Review and Selection Process In addition to the above criteria/ requirements, applications are considered according to the following: A. Application Submission (Application Deadline: May 19, 2006). Applications submitted in advance of or by the deadline and verified by the tracking number will undergo a preliminary review to determine that: (1) The applicant and proposed project type is eligible in accordance with this grant announcement. (2) The application is not a duplication of a previously funded project. (3) The application narrative, forms, and materials submitted meet the requirements of the announcement allowing the review panel to undertake an in-depth evaluation; otherwise, it may be returned. B. Competitive Review of Eligible Applications (Objective Review: June 21–22, 2006). Applications meeting eligibility requirements that are complete, responsive, and conform to this program announcement will be reviewed for merit by the Ad Hoc VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Objective Review Committee (ORC) appointed by the IHS to review and make recommendations on these applications. The review will be conducted in accordance with the IHS Objective Review Guidelines. The technical review process ensures selection of quality projects in a national competition for limited funding. Applications will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the evaluation criteria listed in Section V.1. The criteria are used to evaluate the quality of a proposed project, determine the likelihood of success, and assign a numerical score to each application. The scoring of approved applications will assist the IHS in determining which proposals will be funded if the amount of TSGP funding is not sufficient to support all approved applications. Applications recommended for approval, having a score of 60 or above by the ORC and scored high enough to be considered for funding, are forwarded by the Division of Grants Operations (DGO) for cost analysis and further recommendation. The program official forwards the final approval list to the IHS Director for final review and approval. Applications scoring below 60 points will be disapproved and returned to the applicant. Note: In making final selections, the IHS Director will consider the ranking factor and the status of the applicant’s single audit reports. The comments from the ORC will be advisory only. The IHS Director will make the final decision on awards. 3. Anticipated Award Date Earliest Anticipated Award Date: August 7, 2006. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices Division of Grants Operations (DGO) will not award a grant without an approved application in conformance with regulatory and policy requirements which describes the purpose and scope of the project to be funded. When the application is approved for funding, the DGO will prepare a Notice of Award (NoA), signed by the Grants Management Officer, which is the authorizing document, with special terms and conditions binding upon the award and refer to all general terms applicable to the award. The NoA will serve as the official notification of a grant award which will be sent to the applicant via postal mail, and will state the amount of Federal funds awarded, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of the grant award, the effective date of the award, the project period, and the budget period. Any PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other correspondence announcing to the Project Director that an application was selected is not an authorization to begin performance. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Grants are administered in accordance with the following documents: • This grant announcement. • Health and Human Services regulations governing Pub. L. 93–638 grants at 42 CFR 36.101 et seq. • 45 CFR Part 92, ‘‘Department of Health and Human Services, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments Including Indian Tribes.’’ • Public Health Service Grants Policy Statement. • Appropriate Cost Principles: OMB Circular A–87, ‘‘State and Local Governments.’’ • OMB Circular A–133, ‘‘Audits of States, Local Governments, and NonProfit Organizations.’’ • Other Applicable OMB Circulars. • For information regarding the above circulars, log on to: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/. 3. Reporting A. Progress Report. Program progress reports are required semi-annually. These reports should be mailed to the Program Official listed on page 7 and should include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, reasons for slippage (if applicable), and other pertinent information as required. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period. B. Financial Status Report. Semiannual financial status reports must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the half year. Final financial status reports are due within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period. Standard Form 269 (long form) will be used for financial reporting. Grantees are responsible and accountable for accurate reporting of the Progress Reports and Financial Status Reports which are generally due semiannually. Financial Status Reports (SF– 269) are due 90 days after each budget period and the final SF–269 must be verified from the grantee records on how the value was derived. Grantees are allowed a reasonable period of time in which to submit financial and performance reports. Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active grant, withholding of additional awards E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 5, 2006 / Notices for the project, or other enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit required reports may result in one or both of the following: (1) The imposition of special award provisions; and (2) the nonfunding or non-award of other eligible projects or activities. This applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of the reports. VII. Agency Contact(s) 1. Questions on the programmatic and technical issues may be directed to: Mary E. Trujillo, Program Specialist. Telephone No.: 301–443–7821. Fax No.: 301–443–1050. E-mail: metrujil@hqe.ihs.gov. 2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to: Patricia Spotted Horse, Grants Management Specialist. Telephone No.: 301–443–5204. Fax No.: 301–443–9602. E-mail: pspotted@hqe.ihs.gov. VIII. Other Information The Public Health Service (PHS) strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a smokefree workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Pub. L. 103–227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of the facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people. Dated: March 29, 2006. Robert G. McSwain, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. [FR Doc. 06–3254 Filed 4–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–16–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Tribal Self-Governance Program; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement; Extension of Deadline for New Funding Cycle for Fiscal Year 2006 Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2006–IHS–TSGP–0002. CFDA Number: 93.210. Note: The purpose of this second announcement is to provide another opportunity for all eligible applicants to VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Apr 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 17115 apply for FY 2006 funding under the SelfGovernance Negotiation Cooperative Agreement. The previous Federal Register notice published on December 14, 2005, FR Doc. E5–7280, provided an initial deadline of January 20, 2006. The application deadline for this announcement is May 19, 2006. satisfaction of the Indian Tribe and must include: (a) Legal and budgetary research; and (b) internal Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health programs. Key Dates: Applications Due—May 19, 2006; Objective Review Committee to Evaluate Applications—June 21–22, 2006; Anticipated Project Start Date— August 7, 2006. II. Award Information I. Funding Opportunity Description The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide negotiation resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal SelfGovernance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93–638, as amended. This grant is authorized under the authority of Section 503(e) of the Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S.C. 458aaa–2(e). The TSGP is designed to promote selfdetermination by allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IHS. The Negotiation Cooperative Agreement provides Tribes with funds to help cover the expenses involved in preparing for and negotiating with the IHS and assists eligible Indian Tribes to prepare for Compacts and Funding Agreements (FAs) with an effective date of October 1, 2006, or January 1, 2007. The Negotiation Cooperative Agreement provides resources to assist Indian Tribes to conduct negotiation activities that include but are not limited to: • Analysis of the complex IHS budget to determine what programs, services, functions, and activities (PSFAs) will be negotiated. • Development of the terms and conditions that will be set forth in a Compact and Funding Agreement (FA). • Consultant costs such as Attorney or Financial Advisors. • Communication Costs. • Identification of Tribal shares that will be included in the FA. The award of a Negotiation Cooperative Agreement is not required as a prerequisite to enter the TSGP. Indian Tribes that have completed comparable health planning activities in previous years using tribal resources but have not received a Tribal selfgovernance planning award are also eligible to apply. Applicants must provide a statement that the planning phase has been conducted to the PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement. Estimated Funds Available: The total amount identified for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 is $240,000 for approximately twelve (12) Tribes to enter the TSGP negotiation process for compacts beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 or Calendar Year (CY) 2007. Awards under this announcement are subject to the availability of funds. Anticipated Number of Awards: The estimated number of awards to be funded is approximately 12. Project Period: 12 months. Award Amount: $20,000 per year. Programmatic Involvement: IHS TSGP funds will be awarded as cooperative agreements and will have substantial programmatic involvement to establish a process through which Tribes can effectively approach the IHS to identify programs and associated funding which could be incorporated into programs. The IHS roles and responsibilities will include: • Identification of IHS staff that will consult with applicants on methods used by the IHS to manage and deliver health care. • Provide applicants with a list of laws and regulations that provide authority for the various IHS programs. The Grantee roles and responsibilities will include: • Research and analysis of the complex IHS budget, at the Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels. • Establishment of a basic understanding of IHS PSFAs operations at the Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants To be eligible for a negotiation cooperative agreement under this announcement, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria: A. Be a Federally-recognized Tribe as defined in Title V, Pub. L. 106–260, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000, of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (the Act), Pub. L. 93–638, as amended. However, Alaska Native Villages or Alaska Native Village Corporations, who are located within the area served by an Alaska Native regional health entity already participating in compact status, are not E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service


Tribal Self-Governance Program; Planning Cooperative Agreement; 
Extension of Deadline for New Funding Cycle for Fiscal Year 2006

    Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2006-IHS-TSGP-0001.
    CFDA Number: 93.210.


    Note: The purpose of this second announcement is to provide 
another opportunity for all eligible applicants to apply for FY 2006 
funding under the Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement. 
The previous Federal Register notice published on December 14, 2005, 
FR Doc. E5-7280, provided an initial deadline of January 20, 2006. 
The application deadline for this announcement is May 19, 2006.

    Key Dates: Applications Due--May 19, 2006; Objective Review 
Committee to Evaluate Applications--June 21-22, 2006; Anticipated 
Project Start Date--August 7, 2006.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that 
provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the 
Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal 
Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self-Determination and 
Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93-638, as amended. 
This grant is authorized under the authority of Section 503(e) of the 
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act , 25 U.S.C. 
458aaa-2(e). The TSGP is designed to promote self-determination by 
allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) 
programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IHS. The 
Planning Cooperative Agreement allows a Tribe to gather information to 
determine the current types and amounts of Programs, Services, 
Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), and funding available at the

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Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels and identify programmatic 
alternatives that will better meet the needs of Tribal members.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement.
    Estimated Funds Available: The total amount identified for Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2006 is $600,000 for approximately twelve (12) Tribes to 
enter the TSGP planning process for compacts beginning in Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2007 or Calendar Year (CY) 2007. Awards under this announcement 
are subject to the availability of funds.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: The estimated number of awards to be 
funded is approximately 12.
    Project Period: 12 months.
    Award Amount: $50,000 per year.
    Programmatic Involvement: IHS TSGP funds will be awarded as 
cooperative agreements and will have substantial programmatic 
involvement to establish a basic understanding of IHS Programs, 
Services, Functions and Activities (PSFAs) as operations at the Service 
Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels.

The IHS Roles and Responsibilities Will Include:

     Identification of IHS staff that will consult with 
applicants on methods used by the IHS to manage and deliver health 
care.
     Provide applicants with a list of laws and regulations 
that provide authority for the various IHS programs.

The Grantee Roles and Responsibilities Will Include:

     Research and analysis of the complex IHS budget, at the 
Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels.
     Establishment of a process through which Tribes can 
effectively approach the IHS to identify programs and associated 
funding which could be incorporated into programs.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    To be eligible for a Planning Cooperative Agreement under this 
announcement, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
    A. Be a Federally-recognized Tribe as defined in Title V, Pub. L. 
106-260, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000, of the Indian Self-
Determination and Education Assistance Act (the Act), Pub. L. 93-638, 
as amended. However, Alaska Native Villages or Alaska Native Village 
Corporations, who are located within the area served by an Alaska 
Native regional health entity already participating in compact status, 
are not eligible (Pub. L. 106-260, Title V, Section 12(a)(2)).

2. Cost Sharing or Matching Funds

    The Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement Announcement 
does not require matching funds or cost sharing to participate in the 
competitive grant process.

3. Other Requirements

    The following documentation is required (if applicable):
    A. This program is described at 93.210 in the Catalog of Federal 
Domestic Assistance. There is limited competition under this 
announcement because the authorizing legislation restricts eligibility 
to Tribes that meet specific criteria. (Refer to Section III, ELIGIBLE 
APPLICANTS in this announcement.)
    B. Request participation in self-governance by resolution by the 
governing body of the Indian Tribe. An Indian Tribe that is proposing a 
cooperative agreement affecting another Indian Tribe must include 
resolutions from all affected Tribes to be served.
    C. Demonstrate, for three fiscal years, financial stability and 
financial management capability, which is defined as no uncorrected 
significant and material audit exceptions in the required annual audit 
of the Indian Tribe's self-determination contracts or self-governance 
funding agreements with any Federal agency.
    D. Grantees are required to submit a current version of the 
organization's audit report. Audit reports can be lengthy, therefore, 
the applicants may submit them separately via regular mail by the due 
date (May 19, 2006). If the grantee determines that audit reports are 
not lengthy, the applicants may scan the documents and attach them to 
the electronic application. Applicants must submit two copies of the 
audits that reflect three previous fiscal years under separate cover 
directly to the Division of Grants Operations, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 
360, Rockville, MD 20852, referencing the Funding Opportunity Number, 
HHS-2006-IHS-TSGP-0001, as prescribed by Pub. L. 98-502, the Single 
Audit Act, as amended (see OMB Circular A-133, revised June 24, 1997, 
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations), for 
the three previous fiscal years. If this documentation is not submitted 
by the due date, the application will be considered as unresponsive and 
will not be considered. Applicants must include the grant tracking 
number assigned to their electronic submission by Grants.gov and the 
date submitted via Grants.gov in their cover letter transmitting the 
required audits for the previous three fiscal years.
    E. Tribal Resolution--A resolution of the Indian Tribe served by 
the project should accompany the application submission. An Indian 
Tribe that is proposing a project affecting another Indian Tribe must 
include resolutions from all affected Tribes to be served. Tribal 
Consortia applying for a Planning Cooperative Agreement, a minimum of 
two individual Tribal Council Resolutions must be submitted. Draft 
resolutions are acceptable in lieu of an official resolution. However, 
an official signed Tribal resolution must be received by the Division 
of Grants Operations (DGO) by the end of the Objective Review (June 22, 
2006). If an official signed resolution is not submitted by June 22, 
2006, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be 
considered.

    *It is highly recommended that the Tribal resolution be sent by 
Federal Express for proof of receipt.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Application Package May be Found on Grants.gov

    Information regarding the electronic application process may be 
obtained from either of the following persons:
    Ms. Mary E. Trujillo, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, Indian 
Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 240, Rockville, Maryland 
20852. (301) 443-7821.
    Ms. Patricia Spotted Horse, Division of Grants Operations, Indian 
Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 360, Rockville, Maryland 
20852. (301) 443-5204.
     Web address to obtain application kit: http://www.ihs.gov/
NonMedicalPrograms/gogp/gogp_submission.asp

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    A. All applications should:
     Be single spaced.
     Be typewritten.
     Have consecutively numbered pages.
     Use black type not smaller than 12 characters per one 
inch.
     Be printed on one side only of standard size 8-\1/2\'' x 
11'' paper.
     Contain a narrative that does not exceed 7 typed pages 
that includes the sections listed below. (The 7 page narrative does not 
include the work plan, standard forms, Tribal resolution(s), table of 
contents, budget, budget justifications, narratives, and/or other 
appendix items.)

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    Public Policy Requirements: All Federal-wide public policies apply 
to HHS grants with exception of Lobbying and Discrimination.

3. Submission Dates and Times

    Applications must be submitted on-line by May 19, 2006. Late 
applications not accepted for processing will be returned to the 
applicant and will not be accepted. When submitting a paper 
application, a signed original and one copy must be postmarked no later 
than May 19, 2006. Incomplete, unsigned copies of the paper application 
will be returned and will not be accepted. (See page 10, ``Please note 
the following:'')

1. Intergovernmental Review

    This funding opportunity is not subject to Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.'' State approval is not 
required.

5. Funding Restrictions

    A. Only one planning cooperative agreement will be awarded per 
applicant.
    B. Each planning cooperative agreement shall not exceed $50,000. 
The available funds are inclusive of direct and indirect costs.
    C. Planning awards shall not exceed a maximum period of one year.
    D. Pre-award costs are not allowable.

6. Other Submission Requirements

    The application must comply with the following:
    A. Abstract (one page)--Summarizes the project.
    B. Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424, Rev. 09/03)
    C. Narrative (no more than 7 pages) with time frame chart (one 
page); pages numbered consecutively, including appendices, and Table of 
Contents, and should include the following:
    (1) Background information on the Tribe.
    (2) Objectives and activities that provide a description of what 
will be accomplished.
    (3) A line-item budget and narrative justification.
    (4) Appendix to include:
    a. Resumes or position descriptions of key staff.
    b. Contractors/Consultants resumes or qualifications.
    c. Proposed Scope of Work.
Electronic Transmission
    The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic 
submission through Grants.gov. However, should any technical problems 
arise regarding the submission, please contact our Grants Policy Staff 
at (301) 443-6528 at least ten days prior to the application deadline. 
To submit an application electronically, please use the http://
www.Grants.gov apply site. Download a copy of the application package 
on the Grants.gov Web site, complete it offline and then upload and 
submit the application via the Grants.gov site. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     Under the new IHS requirements, paper applications are not 
the preferred method. However, if you have technical problems 
submitting your application on-line, and you have contacted the Grants 
Policy Staff and advised them of the difficulties you are having in 
submitting your application on-line, and if it is determined by the 
Grants Policy Staff that the technical difficulties cannot be resolved, 
you may submit a paper application after you have downloaded the 
application package from Grants.gov. The paper application may be sent 
directly to the Division of Grants Operations, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 
360, Rockville, MD 20852 by the due date, May 19, 2006.
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you 
do not wait until the deadline date to begin the application process 
through Grants.gov.
     To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS 
Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You 
should allow a minimum of 10-15 days to complete CCR registration. See 
below on how to apply.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information typically included on the SF-424 and all necessary 
assurances and certifications.
     Your application must comply with any page limitation 
requirements described in the program announcement.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a 
Grants.gov tracking number. The Indian Health Service will retrieve 
your application from Grants.gov.
     You may access the electronic application for this program 
on http://www.Grants.gov.
     You must search for the downloadable application package 
by CFDA number.
     To receive an application package, the applicant must 
provide the Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2006-IHS-TSGP-0001.
    E-mail applications will not be accepted under this announcement.
DUNS Number
    Beginning October 1, 2003, applicants were required to have a Dun 
and Brandstreet (DUNS) Number. The DUNS number is a nine-digit 
identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities. 
Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a 
DUNS number, access http://www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1-866-705-
5711. Interested parties may wish to obtain their DUNS number by phone 
to expedite the process.
    Applications submitted electronically must also be registered with 
the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). A DUNS number is required before 
CCR registration can be completed. Many organizations may already have 
a DUNS number. Please use the number listed above to investigate 
whether or not your organization has a DUNS number. Registration with 
the CCR is free of charge.
    Applicants may register by calling 1-888-227-2423. Please review 
and complete the CCR ``Registration Worksheet'' located in the appendix 
of the TSGP Planning Cooperative Agreement application kit or on http:/
/www.Grants.gov/CCRRegister.
    More detailed information regarding these registration processes 
can be found at http://www.Grants.gov.

V. Application Review Information

    The instructions for preparing the application narrative also 
constitute the evaluation criteria for reviewing and scoring the 
application. Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses.

1. Criteria

Goals and Objectives of the Project (30 points)
    Are the goals and objectives measurable; are they consistent with 
the purpose of the program and terms of this announcement; and, are 
they achievable as demonstrated by an implementation schedule?
Organizational Capabilities and Qualifications (25 points)
    Describe the organizational structure of the Tribe/Tribal 
organization and the ability of the organization to manage the proposed 
project. Include resumes or position descriptions of key staff showing 
requisite experience and expertise and, where applicable, include 
resumes of consultants that demonstrate

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experience and expertise relevant to the project.
Methodology (20 points)
    Describe fully and clearly the methodology used to reflect the 
needs of Tribal members and if the project can be accomplished with 
expected available resources.
Budget Justification (15 points)
    Submit a line-item budget with a brief narrative justification for 
all expenditures. Are costs identified reasonable and allowable in 
accordance with OMB Circulars A-87, ``Cost Principles for State and 
Local Governments'' and A-122, ``Cost Principles for Non-Profit 
Organizations?''
Management of Health Program(S) (10 points)
    Does the applicant propose an improved approach to managing the 
health program(s) and state/demonstrate how the delivery of quality 
health services will be maintained under self-governance?
Appendix Items
     Work plan for proposed objectives.
     Position descriptions for key staff.
     Resumes of key staff that reflect current duties.
     Consultant proposed scope of work (if applicable).
     Indirect Cost Agreement.
     Organizational chart (optional).

2. Review and Selection Process

    In addition to the above criteria/requirements, applications are 
considered according to the following:
    A. Application Submission (Application Deadline: May 19, 2006). 
Applications submitted in advance of or by the deadline and verified by 
the tracking number will undergo a preliminary review to determine 
that:
    (1) The applicant and proposed project type is eligible in 
accordance with this grant announcement.
    (2) The application is not a duplication of a previously funded 
project.
    (3) The application narrative, forms, and materials submitted meet 
the requirements of the announcement allowing the review panel to 
undertake an in-depth evaluation; otherwise, it may be returned.
    B. Competitive Review of Eligible Applications (Objective Review: 
June 21-22, 2006). Applications meeting eligibility requirements that 
are complete, responsive, and conform to this program announcement will 
be reviewed for merit by the Ad Hoc Objective Review Committee (ORC) 
appointed by the IHS to review and make recommendations on these 
applications. The review will be conducted in accordance with the IHS 
Objective Review Guidelines. The technical review process ensures 
selection of quality projects in a national competition for limited 
funding. Applications will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the 
evaluation criteria listed in Section V.1. The criteria are used to 
evaluate the quality of a proposed project, determine the likelihood of 
success, and assign a numerical score to each application. The scoring 
of approved applications will assist the IHS in determining which 
proposals will be funded if the amount of TSGP funding is not 
sufficient to support all approved applications. Applications 
recommended for approval, having a score of 60 or above by the ORC and 
scored high enough to be considered for funding, are forwarded by the 
Division of Grants Operations (DGO) for cost analysis and further 
recommendation. The program official forwards the final approval list 
to the IHS Director for final review and approval. Applications scoring 
below 60 points will be disapproved and returned to the applicant.


    Note: In making final selections, the IHS Director will consider 
the ranking factor and the status of the applicant's single audit 
reports. The comments from the ORC will be advisory only. The IHS 
Director will make the final decision on awards.

3. Anticipated Award Date

    Earliest Anticipated Award Date: August 7, 2006.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

    Division of Grants Operations (DGO) will not award a grant without 
an approved application in conformance with regulatory and policy 
requirements which describes the purpose and scope of the project to be 
funded. When the application is approved for funding, the DGO will 
prepare a Notice of Award (NoA), signed by the Grants Management 
Officer, which is the authorizing document, with special terms and 
conditions binding upon the award and refer to all general terms 
applicable to the award. The NoA will serve as the official 
notification of a grant award which will be sent to the applicant via 
postal mail, and will state the amount of Federal funds awarded, the 
purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of the grant award, the 
effective date of the award, the project period, and the budget period. 
Any other correspondence announcing to the Project Director that an 
application was selected is not an authorization to begin performance.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Grants are administered in accordance with the following documents:
     This grant announcement.
     Health and Human Services regulations governing Pub. L. 
93-638 grants at 42 CFR 36.101 et seq.
     45 CFR Part 92, ``Department of Health and Human Services, 
Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative 
Agreements to State and Local Governments Including Indian Tribes.''
     Public Health Service Grants Policy Statement.
     Appropriate Cost Principles: OMB Circular A-87, ``State 
and Local Governments.''
     OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, 
and Non-Profit Organizations.''
     Other Applicable OMB Circulars.
     For information regarding the above circulars, log on to: 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/.

3. Reporting

    A. Progress Report. Program progress reports are required semi-
annually. These reports should be mailed to the Program Official listed 
on page 7 and should include a brief comparison of actual 
accomplishments to the goals established for the period, reasons for 
slippage (if applicable), and other pertinent information as required. 
A final report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the 
budget/project period.
    B. Financial Status Report. Semi-annual financial status reports 
must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the half year. Final 
financial status reports are due within 90 days of expiration of the 
budget/project period. Standard Form 269 (long form) will be used for 
financial reporting.
    Grantees are responsible and accountable for accurate reporting of 
the Progress Reports and Financial Status Reports which are generally 
due semi-annually. Financial Status Reports (SF-269) are due 90 days 
after each budget period and the final SF-269 must be verified from the 
grantee records on how the value was derived. Grantees are allowed a 
reasonable period of time in which to submit financial and performance 
reports.
    Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may 
result in suspension or termination of an active grant, withholding of 
additional awards

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for the project, or other enforcement actions such as withholding of 
payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment. 
Continued failure to submit required reports may result in one or both 
of the following: (1) The imposition of special award provisions; and 
(2) the non-funding or non-award of other eligible projects or 
activities. This applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the 
failure of the grantee organization or the individual responsible for 
preparation of the reports.

VII. Agency Contact(s)

    1. Questions on the programmatic and technical issues may be 
directed to: Mary E. Trujillo, Program Specialist. Telephone No.: 301-
443-7821. Fax No.: 301-443-1050. E-mail: metrujil@hqe.ihs.gov.
    2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be 
directed to: Patricia Spotted Horse, Grants Management Specialist. 
Telephone No.: 301-443-5204. Fax No.: 301-443-9602. E-mail: 
pspotted@hqe.ihs.gov.

VIII. Other Information

    The Public Health Service (PHS) strongly encourages all grant and 
contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the 
non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Pub. L. 103-227, the Pro-
Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in 
some cases, any portion of the facility) in which regular or routine 
education, library, day care, health care or early childhood 
development services are provided to children. This is consistent with 
the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health 
of the American people.

    Dated: March 29, 2006.
Robert G. McSwain,
Deputy Director, Indian Health Service.
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